First report of Ciborinia camelliae in the Netherlands
In April 2006, Ciborinia camelliae (EPPO A2 list) was found for the first time in the Netherlands during routine surveillance activities. The identity of the fungus was determined on the basis of the EPPO diagnostic protocol (PM 7/15). C. camelliae was initially detected on a single Camellia plant in a public garden. A follow-up survey was conducted during the Camellia flowering period. 69 samples were collected from symptomatic plants and 11 of them were found infected by C. camelliae. The fungus was detected on a limited number of plants in public parks, private gardens and few plant trading companies, but at 3 geographically distant locations in the Netherlands. Based on the biology of the pathogen, it is presumed the pest is already widespread in the country. Phytosanitary measures were applied for all plants intended to be moved or traded, but as the pest is probably widespread no measures were applied to contain or eradicate the pest in private gardens or public parks. The pest status of Ciborinia camelliae in the Netherlands is officially declared as: Present, in all parts of the area.
NPPO of the Netherlands, 2006-06.